Newbie gets the Alfa bug...at last PART 1
It was about 4, maybe 5 years ago my wife and I decided to buy a car in Spain for our family holidays. My Spanish wife had family in Valladolid and in a village near Benevente, Zamora and before the budget airline flew directly to Valladolid - we had to hire a car from Madrid for a couple of weeks. Now that couple of weeks has turned into taking the kids away for whole summer...me snatching the x2 weeks hols from work to join them, things had changed.
Not being loaded or in a villa...it made sense to buy a car.
Well Spanish second hand car prices are staggering. We tried to buy a Renault from an elderley man, pricey but low mileage...but he wouldn't be back in town for weeks. (Why bother advertising?) Trade - warehouses of rubbish for top money. Donkeys for the price of race horses.
Getting increasingly desparate, at a new car sales garage with a few part exchange wrecks sitting around we were introduced to a red Alfa 155 Sport, looking tired and clocked. It was the best of the worst and with a heavy heart, very heavy, I parted with just over £3k for a car I reckon in in the UK at that time could be had for £800. And that was with a smart Spanish wife would could negotiate a ceasfire in the Middle East.
They fixed the air con but did nothing else despite requests and a list of items that needed fixing. I drove a rough, tired car away getting the best out of it as I could. Did I like it? No. I respected it, but no more than that.
Every time we visited Valladolid we'd bump into the garage owner in one of the cafes, we would inevitably talk cars and buy each other drinks.
(This story has a bit more - if you like you can read it in Part 2 which I'll write, for those that have had enough - this site has helped me maintain my 155 and identify problems and fix them with relative ease. Thanks for all of that and to the contributors. Time for me to sign-up.)